Setting up WEP with AE?

aaquib

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Is there any way? I only see a WPA2 setting on Airport utility, but one of my USB adapters for a PC doesn't support that.
 

GGJstudios

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Is there any way? I only see a WPA2 setting on Airport utility, but one of my USB adapters for a PC doesn't support that.
If you use the Airport Utility, you can select WEP or WPA2 as your wireless security. WPA2 is more secure, but you can go either way.
 

aaquib

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Ah, ok I got it. You actually have to double click the AE on AU to get a new menu, then go to the wireless tab and then there's an option for WEP.
 

macleod199

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Not true. AE is 802.11a/b/g/n compatible and supports WEP/WPA/WPA2.
Yes, but the 802.11n standard disallows (or at least strongly deprecates) WEP. I think it was disallowed in an earlier draft (and in earlier AEBS firmware), but you're right, the AEBS seems to let you enable it now.

The issue is that WEP can be trivially broken (on the order of seconds) by commonly available software. It's kind of like putting a lock with only 4 possible combinations on your door - it turns trespass into break and enter, but isn't really going to stop anyone who wants to get in.
 

GGJstudios

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The issue is that WEP can be trivially broken (on the order of seconds) by commonly available software. It's kind of like putting a lock with only 4 possible combinations on your door - it turns trespass into break and enter, but isn't really going to stop anyone who wants to get in.
WEP provides very weak security, but it is better than nothing. While WPA/WPA2 is recommended, some devices don't support it, as the OP states.